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High Bidding At Pie Auction!
Engagement Announced Seman – Fischer
Home Loan Program Income Limits Change
Sherwood Secures Highway Funding

Blue Ridge Senior Center Update
4-H News


High Bidding At Pie Auction!

The Elk Lake High School stage was host to 37 delectable pies ranging from Cherry Almond Mousse, Peanut Butter Fudge Cream, Candy Apple and White Chocolate Strawberry to Glazed Raspberry and Key Lime. The pies were baked by local residents as part of the pie auction at Dairy Day. But first, State Representatives Tina Pickett and Jim Wansacz, Susquehanna County’s Sheriff Lance Benedict, Treasurer Cathy Benedict, Prothonotary Susan Eddleston and District Attorney Jason Legg had the tough job of tasting the pies to determine which were the top prize winners.

Dairy Day Pie Judges (pictured l-r) with Susquehanna County Dairy Princess: District Attorney Jason Legg, Sheriff Lance Benedict, State Representative Jim Wansacz, Dairy Princess Amanda Zembrzycki, Prothonotary Susan Eddleston, State Representative Tina Pickett and Treasurer Cathy Benedict.

This year's adult pie baking winners were: Mary Puzo, Linda Zembrzycki, Sherri Barondeau and Connie Miner. In the junior division, winners were Karin Mowry and Nicole Brooks. The top price paid was for Reba Loomis’ cherry pie, purchased by Maurice Diaz.

Auctioneer Dick Sands rallied the 'pie-eyed crowd' and began the bidding high. After all of the 37 pies were auctioned off and the buyers smiling, the total amount was a record $2,440. This money will be split between the County 4-H Dairy program and the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess/promotion committee.

A special thank you goes out to all pie buyers.

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Engagement Announced Seman – Fischer

Elizabeth Joy Seman, daughter of Peter and Ileana Seman, Thompson, PA and Matthew Lawrence Fischer, son of Frank and Patricia Fischer, Hallstead, PA are proud to announce their engagement.

A wedding ceremony will take place April 2, 2005 at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, PA with Father Jim Nash performing.

Elizabeth is currently assigned to the 828th Qm Co., Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Matthew is currently deployed with the 109th Co. A IN(M), stationed in Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

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Home Loan Program Income Limits Change

Tunkhannock – USDA Rural Development has published new income guidelines for its Single Family Housing (502) Direct Program for qualified applicants to buy or build homes in rural areas.

Susquehanna and Wayne counties now have the following family income guidelines: one person: $27,150; two people: $31,050; three people: $34,900; four people: $38,800; five people: $41,900.

An applicant may be eligible for a 502 Direct Loan if the adjusted income does not exceed the applicable income limit. An applicant must have an acceptable credit history and adequate and dependable income sufficient to meet all obligations. The applicant must become the owner occupant of the property. For additional income and property eligibility, visit the website at:

Loans may be made up to 100 percent of the appraised value for the purchase of a home; and in some cases, this may include closing costs. Borrowers need less upfront cash for loans made under the program. Further, the standard term for a loan is 33 years with a 38-year loan available to those who are eligible. Loans are subsidized, and interest rates may be reduced to as low as 1 percent.

Further information may be obtained by calling the USDA Rural Development’s Tunkhannock office at (570) 836–4157 ext. 4.

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Sherwood Secures Highway Funding

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Don Sherwood has secured a total of $14 million for eight highway projects in the 10th district, included in a six-year transportation authorization bill scheduled for action in the House next week.

Sherwood worked with House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) to make sure the local projects would be included in the $284 billion, six-year transportation bill. Funding for the bill comes from federal gasoline taxes.

“This is the first step in getting some extra funding for some necessary road and bridge projects in the federal highway bill,” said Sherwood. “Now that the Transportation Committee has approved our projects, the next step is for the House to pass the bill, which should occur next week.

“This extra money, when added to PENNDOT’s regular federal highway funding, will help move these projects forward more quickly,” said Sherwood. “I will continue to work so that our projects make it through the process to be signed into law.”

Sherwood worked with PENNDOT and local leaders to identify projects in need of extra funding, and submitted them to the Transportation Committee to be included in the bill.

Sherwood won Committee approval of the following local projects:

$2 million for safety improvements and capacity enhancements on Route 706 from Route 11 to the Bradford County line, Susquehanna County.

$1.7 million to add a center turn lane and curbing on State Route 29 from the Wal-Mart entrance to Church Street in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County.

$800,000 to replace the concrete T-beam of the Tunkhannock Creek bridge on State Route 106, just north of State Route 2008 in Clifford Township, Susquehanna County.

$700,000 for replacement of an existing single-span bridge with a new concrete box beam bridge on State Route 3024, across a branch of Middle Creek in South Canaan Township, Wayne County.

After the transportation bill is passed by the House, the Senate will take action on its own transportation bill. Then differences between the two bills must be reconciled and a final compromise bill must be passed by Congress, after which it will be sent to President Bush to be signed into law.

Congress is working to get a final bill to the President before the current highway spending authorization expires at the end of May.

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Blue Ridge Senior Center Update

February is the shortest month in the year, but it has many special days. There is Valentine's Day and President's Day and let’s not forget Ground Hog's Day.

On one of our Brown Bag Days we had a covered dish luncheon. There was a good crowd out and the food was plentiful and tasty. After eating we played Bingo.

Favors were made to be sent out with the delivery meals and also to use here on the 14th. Shirley, Juanita, Nettie and Alice H., were busy making them one afternoon. They looked very holidayish, hearts and ribbons and they were filled with an assortment of chocolates. Then the Children's Choir from the Great Bend Methodist Church made and donated some very nice favors to be used for the delivery meals. A great big Thank You goes out to the children.

Our second Brown Bag Day was celebrated at Maloney's. There was a good turnout and we enjoyed the good food and fellowship.

We had a bake sale at the PNB the Saturday before President's Day. The day before a group got together to frost and decorate cupcakes and cookies. The sale was a success.

Mary Jayne Westbrook was with us one afternoon. She told us, "You can't take it with you." I think we all learned a lot.

Not many birthdays this month. Del Fisher, Marion Kotar and Lena Rinker were celebrating. We had our usual birthday cake. Happy Birthday to all.

Oh yes, did I let you know about our Robin Spotting Contest? It was very simple; each one was to watch for the first Robin of the season. Then you reported it to Betty K. The winner was Nettie Swingle, she spotted her first robin on Wednesday, February 23. How about that!

Take care, till next time.

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4-H News

North Jackson 4-H Ag Horse Club

The North Jackson 4H Ag Horse kids had their meeting on February 6, to finalize their plans for their trip to Winning Ways on March 5 and 6 at the Ag Arena in Penn State.

A great time was had by most and a good time by all. Nancy Cahill was a good clinician. We all came back wanting the weather to clear up so we could start riding. Also to try out our new show clothes.

A lot of the kids got to see where the 4-H program is funded and programmed from. Some of these kids have never been there, but soon realized how large Penn State really is. They also were able to see Penn State's Quarter Horses and foals.

They were able to meet Penn State Horse Specialists Pat Comerford and Brian Egan. We also had a few families go the Horse World Expo. They also had a great time. Our next meeting will be April 3, 1:30 at the Carey's house. (Remember to bring your books). April 2 will be the first North Jackson big meeting at Joe and Sandy Pavelski's, at 7 p.m.

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